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From Dan Emmett's manuscript which Bob Winans posted at http://minstrelbanjo.ning.com/photo/tom-briggs-jig-from-emmett-ms

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Comment by Paul Draper on July 3, 2013 at 8:28am

While strolling thru the Barn on Sat. at AEBG VI, I heard Jack Gellerstedt and Jim Hartel playing this tune - first time I'd ever heard it.  I was immediately hooked.  Jack gave me a copy of the Emmett MS as originally provided by Bob Winans (which can be found in the photos section of this site).  Later that evening Jim and I sat out under the tree in front of the barn and he showed me the finger positions.  My intonation is still iffy up the neck.

Comment by Andy Chase on July 3, 2013 at 8:50am
Nicely played, particularly all those notes in the oft-uncharted territory above the 5th fret!
Comment by Rob Morrison on July 3, 2013 at 11:57am

Bravo!  Encore!--Rob

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 3, 2013 at 12:00pm

Very Nice feel to it. Your banjo sounds great.

Comment by Paul Draper on July 3, 2013 at 12:07pm

Thanks guys.  Nick - I just put new strings on...

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 3, 2013 at 12:09pm

That's one of Jim's Banjo's right? Do you use gut or nylgut

Comment by Paul Draper on July 3, 2013 at 12:13pm

Yep.  Nylgut, so far.  My gut strings fall apart in the humidity..

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 3, 2013 at 12:15pm

Nice... keep em coming.

Comment by Jack Gellerstedt on July 16, 2013 at 3:35pm

Good job, Paul!  This is a great tune, is it not.  Thanks to Bob Winans for bringing it to us, and the help we got from both Bob and Greg Adams in learning the tune.  Playing the tune from a copy of the original manuscript makes one almost feel we are learning it directly from Dan Emmett.

Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on July 16, 2013 at 4:18pm

That is true!

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